On Wednesday, 23rd January 2019, Canada held the second Express Entry draw for 2019, issuing out 3,900 Invitations to Apply (ITAs) for Permanent Residence in Canada to Express Entry applicants, using a minimum ranking score of 438 points.
So far, a total of 7,800 Invitations have been issued to immigration applicants in 2019. A backlog of the number of ITAs ever issued on the 23rd January every year, since the inception of Express Entry in 2015 shows that 2019 has the most significant number of Invitations ever issued within this time frame.
This record high by Express Entry this year can be linked to its high admission targets for this year and the next under the three High Skilled Economic Immigration Classes in Canada.
For these targets to be met, the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada have to issue more ITAs in 2019 than what was issued last year, even though it recorded its largest annual ITA issuance previous year.
The Express Entry Program manages all the candidates under the Canadian Experience Class, Federal Skilled Trades and Workers Classes. In these classes, candidates are graded according to points which they earn for factors like language proficiency, work experience, age, and education. The country has a certain number of applicants they want to admit, and a minimum score below which the applicant is inadmissible. Therefore, when those numbers of people with the acceptable scores have been gotten, they would be given ITAs to apply for Permanent Residence in Canada.
Drop in the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) Score
The minimum CRS Score has gone six points lower than what was used in the first draw that held this year. Using 443 points as the minimum point has set a record for this draw, as the Express Entry January draw with the lowest minimum score.
The drop in the CRS score can be traced to the short time frame between the previous draw and yesterday’s draw. When there is but a short time between two draws, the number of applicants in the pool would be few as prospective candidates may not have time to apply and that can result in lowering the minimum score to accommodate enough people.
The Tie Break Rule
The tie break rule applied in Wednesday’s draw was by 03:55:26 UTC on 2nd January 2019. What this statement implies is that every applicant who has a Comprehensive Ranking System score of 443 and whose profile was registered in the Express Entry Pool before 03:55:26 UTC on 2nd January 2019 has been given an ITA in this draw.
How to increase your CRS score?
A CRS score can be improved by obtaining a Provincial Nomination. A Provincial Nominee Program is one which allows certain territories and provinces the opportunity to select a specific number of eligible applicants from the Economic Immigration Stream for Permanent Residence.
When a candidate gets nominated by a province, he or she would have an additional 600 points added to his or her CRS score.
Since the beginning of 2019, the provinces that have participated in the nomination program are British Columbia, Manitoba, Ontario, Prince Edward Island and Saskatchewan.
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